Zanu-PF concludes hearing in ‘threatened’ Ministers’ case

Munyaradzi Musiiwa Midlands Correspondent
ZANU-PF Midlands Province has concluded hearings in a matter in which three Ministers allege that they were threatened for allegedly being members of the so-called G40 (Generation 40). Sport and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane ; Tourism and Hospitality Deputy Minister Anastasia Ndhlovu as well as Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Tapiwa Matangaidze complained to the party’s leadership that the provincial secretary for security Cde Owen “Mudha” Ncube, youth chairperson Cde Edmore Samambwa and the provincial youth league secretary for administration Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena threatened them.

Cdes Ncube, Samambwa and Wadyajena were yesterday summoned for a hearing by the disciplinary committee led by provincial vice chairperson Cde Daniel McKenzie-Ncube. Cde Mckenzie-Ncube told The Chronicle that the three party members accused of threatening the Ministers gave their side of the story.

He said the disciplinary committee would present its findings and recommendations to the provincial executive committee in due course. Cde Mckenzie-Ncube said the three Ministers were also interviewed on Saturday.

“We have completed the investigations after all the parties involved in this matter were interviewed. We are going to brief the provincial chairman and also present the findings and our recommendations to the provincial executive,” he said.

Cdes Hlongwane, Ndhlovu, Matangaize wrote a letter to Zanu-PF national commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, which was also copied to Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, saying they were seeking protection against the three party members whom they alleged threatened and derided them in public.

The trio alleged that the provincial members said their ministerial appointments were “G40 motivated”. Cde Kasukuwere then instructed the province to set up a disciplinary committee to preside over the matter.

Recently, Cde Hlongwane reported to the police that he had found a live bullet in his hotel room in Harare and police have since said they are investigating the matter.

Last week, there was also a break-in at the office of Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the Justice, Legal and parliamentary affairs Ministry and a crack team has been activated to investigate the matter.

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